The New Workplace Weekly Digest 08/21

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Every Friday, we prepare for you a short digest with news covering subjects related to employee engagement, collaboration, organizational culture, knowledge sharing, leadership and the future of work.

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Here’s this week’s brief:

74% of Millennials ranked a collaborative…

…work environment as the first or second most important characteristic they look for in the workplace. So millennials seek collaboration. They learn better and quicker in teams. And often times they will leverage their social networks to crowdsource their research or decision making. For the leaders eager to spark change and energy into their organizations, collaboration is a specific Millennial motivator that can be leveraged to ignite Millennial hustle and extend Millennial retention. Learn about the rest by reading Ryan Jenkins’ post 6 Millennial Motivators: A Guide To What Motivates Millennials At Work for Business2Community.

Collaborative communities encourage people to…

…continually apply their unique talents to group projects—and to become motivated by a collective mission, not just personal gain or the intrinsic pleasures of autonomous creativity. By marrying a sense of common purpose to a supportive structure, these organizations are mobilizing knowledge workers’ talents and expertise in flexible, highly manageable group-work efforts. The approach fosters not only innovation and agility but also efficiency and scalability. Read Building a Collaborative Enterprise by Paul Adler, Charles Heckscher and Laurence Prusak for Harvard Business Review to learn more.

For a new generation of digital talent managers to…

…improve their organizations productivity, increase collaboration and drive business outcomes, there‘s a series of steps to follow in order to achieve that. Like shifting to networks and taking social learning seriously. The digital evolution of the workplace needs leaders. Talent leaders who connect people in nonhierarchical networks, create boundary-free information-sharing and learning, reach and engage people through social channels, and provide insightful people analytics will make their businesses more competitive. Get to know these strategies in detail by reading Collaboration Catalysts by Jim Bowley for Talent Management.

Why should you press on and try to make employee…

…development happen in your business? Chad Halvorson gives us five reasons: it helps attract and keep great employees, it helps you create promotable employees, it keeps employees engaged at work, it helps you save and earn money and it forces you to look to the future. That’s five reasons that make him say that if you want to attract and retain top talent, you have to invest in employee development and that as a business owner, you can’t afford to cut it from your budget. And he has arguments for each of these reasons listed above. Read his post 5 Reasons You Should Be Investing in Employee Development for to learn more.

With leadership development a top talent management…

…priority this year, a recent study found that many employers plan to increase their investment in this area. “We’re seeing a trend emerge from our research that indicates that organizations must look at leaders through a different lens,” says i4cp’s Chief Research Officer Kevin Martin. “Business skills and acumen remain critical, but are now table stakes. It’s the ability to influence and drive collaboration across cultures, boundaries, and borders that has the greater variability on global leadership effectiveness and can make the biggest difference.” Read Recent studies highlight trends in leadership development for to get more information on the subject.

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